HThe chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Said the idea that the US government was spying on President Trump's campaign is "total and total nonsense."
During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", Nadler said that "spying is a dirty word" and that Attorney General William Barr did not say "spying is a dirty word" should not have used this term to describe the Trump presidential campaign investigation in 2016. He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted properly in obtaining warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Act. (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) to allow the wiretap of Carter Page, the Trump campaign's assistant.
"The FBI followed the procedure, they got a mandate from FISA, they did it well." In fact, the Deputy Attorney General [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein has signed one of the renewals of this FISA mandate, "Nadler said. "… this is not spying. Spying is a loaded word and the Attorney General should not have used it.
Nadler, who criticized Barr in the past, then criticized the Attorney General, questioning his objectivity and asserting that he was acting as Trump's "personal agent".
"The Attorney General, when he started talking without any evidence, as he said on" espionage "of the Trump campaign – while he meant to execute warrants ordered by the Justice – has shown his partiality and the fact that he actually acts as a personal agent for the President rather than as US Attorney General on this issue, "Nadler said.
Barr made the remarks at a Senate budget committee hearing on Wednesday when he discussed the start of the Trump-Russia inquiry, which was later incorporated into the 22-month investigation of the Trump-Russia inquiry. special advocate Robert Mueller.
"I'm going to review both the genesis and the conduct of the intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign in 2016. I think spying on a political campaign is a big problem," Barr said.
The comments triggered a media storm and prompted Democrats and some members of the intelligence community to use the word "spying."
At a Democratic retreat, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Barr had "derailed". Nadler requested a presentation to the Department of Justice, while the leader of the Senate minority, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Called for an immediate retraction.